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Why is ADHD Medicine Abused?

Why is ADHD Medicine Abused?
Stimulant medications, including amphetamines (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta) are typically prescribed to help treat those who were diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. These medications can be prescribed to children, adolescents or adults to help treat their symptoms. Although ADHD diagnoses are increasing, people’s symptoms tend to...

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?
Anxiety is a completely normal human emotion that everyone experiences throughout their lives. Many people feel anxious, or even nervous at times, when they are facing a problem at work, prior to taking a test, or even when it comes to making important decisions. Anxiety disorders, however, are much different. They can cause such distress that it can interfere with a person’s ability...

The Potential Damage of Bottled-Up Emoti...

The Potential Damage of Bottled-Up Emotions
Although an often overlooked cause of addiction, emotional trauma lies at the heart of many types of various addictions. This recognition is not new and since the 1970s, treatment professionals have understood the role emotions play in the development of substance abuse disorders and relapse. Numerous studies have found that a history of childhood neglect, sexual, physical, or emotional...

Does There Need to Be an Emergency to Ge...

Does There Need to Be an Emergency to Get Me into Rehab?
Opioids, also commonly referred to as opiates or narcotics, are painkillers that are derived from opium, which comes from the poppy plant. The two most common natural products of opium are morphine and codeine, highly powerful substances that can cause intense addictions. If you use narcotics only to control pain and as directed, then you are unlikely to become addicted to the drugs,...

Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Anti-Soci...

Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Anti-Social?
Addicts often display antisocial behavior, avoiding close friends and family members to hide their opium use. Over time antisocial behavior can become more severe, ruining relationships and causing other repercussions for the addict. Users can get help for addiction by attending rehab but antisocial behavior can keep you from being successful. In order for rehab to be effective you must...

Mental Discipline and Healthy Thinking

Mental Discipline and Healthy Thinking
Although addiction never stems from a simple lack of willpower, willpower is nevertheless a vital concept for addiction recovery. In fact, an addict’s willingness to work at sobriety is a primary concept to recovery, as people cannot stay clean unless they truly want to do so. Numerous 12-Step programs and other forms of treatment call for addicts to acknowledge their powerlessness to...

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Co...

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Combat Veteran
Some people cannot hide their sadness or shock following a traumatic event, but other people may not show such obvious signs of trauma. The signs of trauma are shockingly high for combat veterans who are returning home, and the symptoms can cause major problems if left untreated. Everyone reacts differently following traumatic experiences, so look for changes in behavior to know when...

How to Foster Discipline in Your Life

How to Foster Discipline in Your Life
Discipline is a skill that most drug addicts neglect during their drug abuse. They may have been extremely careful and diligent enough to get their next fix whenever they wanted it, but meeting the demands of a disease is different than committing to support recovery. In fact, chaos becomes normal for drug addicts, and they typically never think beyond the consequences of their drug...

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Coun...

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Counseling for Codependency
Codependent relationships can go on for years, even before you realize what a mess you are in. When you become stuck in the middle of a codependent relationship, the only way out is to change the circumstances. No matter how painful it is, you have to stop supporting your loved one financially or until he shows that he wants to pursue treatment. As long as you give users a place to...

Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?

Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?
You’ve already been through the most difficult and painful aspect of the recovery process, which included the withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, shakiness, and even possible severe complications such as seizures and rapid heartbeat. After this stage is done, why would you want to risk the possibility of going through it again? [1] While in recovery, especially early into recovery,...

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